When residents near Hoover High School learned the money they’d approved in a 2008 school construction bond was being used for stadium lights, they weren’t happy.

The group, Taxpayers for Accountable School Bond Spending, sued San Diego Unified in 2011, arguing that the lights at Hoover and several other schools weren’t on the project list sent to voters who passed the bond measure. The district initially won the case, but an appellate court overruled that decision in 2013.

What’s still unclear is whether the district will have to pay back the bond money it spent on lights – about $2.6 million.

But the Hoover High decision tells us a lot about the big questions voters and districts ought to pay attention to. Ashly McGlone explains.

Catherine Green was formerly the deputy editor at Voice of San Diego. She handled daily operations while helping to plan new long-term projects.

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